Windcrest volunteer firefighters plan annual picnic
In 1971, members of the Windcrest Volunteer Fire Association thought it would be fitting to hold a pre-summer get together and call it a Fireman’s Picnic. That regular gathering is still going strong 49 years later.
Now referred to as the Volunteer Firefighters’ Picnic, the event is still the community-oriented gathering it was designed to be so long ago.
The Firefighters’ Picnic weekend gets underway Friday, May 17, with a “Badges (police) and Boots (firefighters)” softball game at 5 p.m. at the Takas Park field. The game is free to attend.
Activities on Saturday, May 18, begin at noon with several kid-friendly games and events, including bouncy houses, face painting, and a petting zoo.
Saturday’s meals will be served at the Takas Park building from 4 to 8 p.m. The meal includes brisket, sausage, potato salad, cole slaw, beans and iced tea for $10 per plate.
By the time Saturday’s meal service begins at 4 p.m., a score of orange cones will separate the curbside lane of Jim Seal Drive. At least a dozen vehicles will be lined up, possibly reaching all the way to Crestway Drive, waiting for pre-sale dinner orders to be handed out.
“I think we’ve got that down to a science,” said Liz Dick, city spokeswoman, of the drive-up “to-go” meal service.
Dick said the city has responded to previous requests and will now deliver meals to Windcrest residents.
“If people want it delivered, they can call us ahead of time and we’ll deliver it to their home,” Dick said. “You don’t see that very often, but that’s one of the good graces of living in a small, tight-knit community like we have here.”
Dick said the city is bracing for a large turnout, as more than 400 meal tickets have been sold.
“I’m not sure how many dinners we’re going to make, but we’re going to make a slew of them,” she said. “The whole city comes out for this one.”
Windcrest’s own Tom ’The Suit” Garcia will be the DJ on Saturday, supplying music from noon until 4 p.m., and The Court Jesters, a band from San Antonio comprised of judges and lawyers, will take the stage at 5 p.m.
A silent auction in the Takas Park clubhouse will include Spurs tickets, gift baskets, certificates from local businesses, and an Adam Caskey-created thermometer, autographed by the KSAT meteorologist.
For picnic details, tickets or delivery orders for meals, call Dick at 210-383-4301.